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Mortar fire damages gas pipe in eastern Ukraine

Heavy mortar fire in eastern Ukraine damages gas pipe, starts fire

Local residents look at flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian government troops against pr...
Local residents look at flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian government troops against pr...
A local resident and his son ride a bicycle passing a flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainia...
Pro-Russian armed militants guard a checkpoint blocking the major highway which links Kharkiv, outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, May 19, 201...
Local residents talk to each other as they look at flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian g...

Ukraine

Local residents look at flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian government troops against pr...

Ukraine

Local residents look at flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian government troops against pr...

Ukraine

A local resident and his son ride a bicycle passing a flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainia...

Ukraine

Pro-Russian armed militants guard a checkpoint blocking the major highway which links Kharkiv, outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, May 19, 201...

Ukraine

Local residents talk to each other as they look at flame from a damaged gas pipe after an impact of a mortar bomb, during fighting between Ukrainian g...

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Heavy mortar fire outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk has damaged a large gas pipeline and set off a fire.

AP journalists on Monday witnessed mortar fire hitting the village of Andriyivka, just outside Slovyansk. The shelling damaged a gas main running across a field and onto local residents' lands. The pipeline caught fire, but no residents were hurt.

Slovyansk has been the epicenter of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian insurgents, who have seized government buildings across the east.

Ukraine's central government has urged rebels to lay down arms and sit down for talks, but they say they are only prepared to discuss the withdrawal of government troops. The insurgents have recently declared the two regions independent following referendums rejected as illegal by Ukraine and the West.


Updated : 2021-05-06 11:38 GMT+08:00